Tai chi chuan exercise for patients with breast cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:535237

Authors: Pan Y, Yang K, Shi X, Liang H, Zhang F, Lv Q

Abstract

Objective. Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) is a form of aerobic exercise that may be an effective therapy for improving psychosomatic capacity among breast cancer survivors. This meta-analysis analyzed the available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the effects of TCC in relieving treatment-related side effects and quality of life in women with breast cancer. Methods. RCTs were searched in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library through April 2014. Data were analyzed on pathology (pain, interleukin-6, and insulin-like growth factor 1), physical capacity (handgrip, limb physical fitness, and BMI), and well-being (physical, social, emotional, and general quality of life). Results. Nine RCTs, including a total of 322 breast cancer patients, were examined. Compared with control therapies, the pooled results suggested that TCC showed significant effects in improving handgrip dynamometer strength, limb elbow flexion (elbow extension, abduction, and horizontal adduction). No significant differences were observed in pain, interleukin-6, insulin-like growth factor, BMI, physical well-being, social or emotional well-being, or general health-related quality of life. Conclusion. The short-term effects of TCC may have potential benefits in upper limb functional mobility in patients with breast cancer. Additional randomized controlled trials with longer follow-up are needed to provide more reliable evidence.

PMID: 25793000 [PubMed]

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Evaluation of Tai Chi Yunshou exercises on community-based stroke patients with balance dysfunction: a study protocol of a cluster randomized controlled trial.

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Dec;15(1):555

Authors: Tao J, Rao T, Lin L, Liu W, Wu Z, Zheng G, Su Y, Huang J, Lin Z, Wu J, Fang Y, Chen L

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Balance dysfunction after stroke limits patients’ general function and participation in daily life. Previous researches have suggested that Tai Chi exercise could offer a positive improvement in older individuals’ balance function and reduce the risk of falls. But convincing evidence for the effectiveness of enhancing balance function after stroke with Tai Chi exercise is still inadequate. Considering the difficulties for stroke patients to complete the whole exercise, the current trial evaluates the benefit of Tai Chi Yunshou exercise for patients with balance dysfunction after stroke through a cluster randomization, parallel-controlled design.

METHODS/DESIGN: A single-blind, cluster-randomized, parallel-controlled trial will be conducted. A total of 10 community health centers (5 per arm) will be selected and randomly allocated into Tai Chi Yunshou exercise group or balance rehabilitation training group. Each community health centers will be asked to enroll 25 eligible patients into the trial. 60 minutes per each session, 1 session per day, 5 times per week and the total training round is 12 weeks. Primary and secondary outcomes will be measured at baseline and 4-weeks, 8-weeks, 12-weeks, 6-week follow-up, 12-week follow-up after randomization. Safety and economic evaluation will also be assessed.

DISCUSSION: This protocol aims to evaluate the effectiveness of Tai Chi Yunshou exercise for the balance function of patients after stroke. If the outcome is positive, this project will provide an appropriate and economic balance rehabilitation technology for community-based stroke patients.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: Chinese Clinical Trial Registry: ChiCTR-TRC-13003641. Registration date: 22 August, 2013 http://www.chictr.org/usercenter/project/listbycreater.aspx .

PMID: 25783915 [PubMed – in process]

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QiGong Healer Certification Program

March 19, 2015

Contact Name Madeline Marchell Contact Email qihealer@clinicalqigong.com Contact Phone 908 581-9061 Event Title QiGong Healer Certification Program Event Location The Chambers Center for Wellbeing 435 South Street Morristown, New Jersey Event Date April 10-12, 17-19, May 3 Start Time Fridays 5:30, Sat&Sun 9, May 3 Practicum 1 End Time Fridays 9, Sat&Sun 5, May 3 Practicum 6 Web site with event […]

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The impact of onsite workplace health-enhancing physical activity interventions on worker productivity: a systematic review.

March 18, 2015

The impact of onsite workplace health-enhancing physical activity interventions on worker productivity: a systematic review. Occup Environ Med. 2015 Mar 16; Authors: Pereira MJ, Coombes BK, Comans TA, Johnston V Abstract The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of onsite workplace health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) programmes on worker productivity. The PROSPERO registration […]

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Evidence base of clinical studies on tai chi: a bibliometric analysis.

March 18, 2015

Evidence base of clinical studies on tai chi: a bibliometric analysis. PLoS One. 2015;10(3):e0120655 Authors: Yang GY, Wang LQ, Ren J, Zhang Y, Li ML, Zhu YT, Luo J, Cheng YJ, Li WY, Wayne PM, Liu JP Abstract BACKGROUND: The safety and health benefits of Tai Chi mind-body exercise has been documented in a large […]

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Improved sleep quality in older adults with insomnia reduces biomarkers of disease risk: Pilot results from a randomized controlled comparative efficacy trial.

March 18, 2015

Improved sleep quality in older adults with insomnia reduces biomarkers of disease risk: Pilot results from a randomized controlled comparative efficacy trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2015 Feb 25;55:184-192 Authors: Carroll JE, Seeman TE, Olmstead R, Melendez G, Sadakane R, Bootzin R, Nicassio P, Irwin MR Abstract IMPORTANCE: Sleep disturbances have been linked to increased morbidity and mortality, […]

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Impact of Tai-Chi on Falls Among Preclinically Disabled Older People. A Randomized Controlled Trial.

March 16, 2015

Impact of Tai-Chi on Falls Among Preclinically Disabled Older People. A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Mar 10; Authors: Day L, Hill KD, Stathakis VZ, Flicker L, Segal L, Cicuttini F, Jolley D Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of tai-chi in preventing falls among community-dwelling older people. DESIGN: Multisite parallel […]

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Comparison of 2 Different Exercise Approaches: Tai Chi Versus Otago, in Community-Dwelling Older Women.

March 16, 2015

Related Articles Comparison of 2 Different Exercise Approaches: Tai Chi Versus Otago, in Community-Dwelling Older Women. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2015 Mar 10; Authors: Son NK, Ryu YU, Jeong HW, Jang YH, Kim HD Abstract BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Regular exercise can delay age-related risk factors and can maintain or improve physical health and activity in […]

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[Effects of a Physical Activity Program using Exergame with Elderly Women].

March 8, 2015

Related Articles [Effects of a Physical Activity Program using Exergame with Elderly Women]. J Korean Acad Nurs. 2015 Feb 27;45(1):84-96 Authors: Yu J, Kim J Abstract PURPOSE: This study was done to investigate the motivational, physical and affective benefits of exergaming in community dwelling older adult women. METHODS: The research design was a nonequivalent control […]

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The NQA’s 20th Annual Conference

March 7, 2015

Over the past 20 years, the National Qigong Association has hosted some amazing teachers, thrown some great parties and shared Qigong with the community in an ever broadening circle. For our 20th Anniversary, we have some very special things in store! Please join us for a weekend of learning, sharing and wonderful fellowship as we celebrate what […]

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Falls prevention in the elderly: translating evidence into practice.

March 2, 2015

Falls prevention in the elderly: translating evidence into practice. Hong Kong Med J. 2015 Feb 27; Authors: Luk JK, Chan TY, Chan DK Abstract Falls are a common problem in the elderly. A common error in their management is that injury from the fall is treated, without finding its cause. Thus a proactive approach is […]

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The beneficial effect of Tai Chi on self-concept in adolescents.

March 2, 2015

The beneficial effect of Tai Chi on self-concept in adolescents. Int J Psychol. 2015 Mar;50(2):101-5 Authors: Bao X, Jin K Abstract Previous research has documented the beneficial effect of Tai Chi, but most of the studies focused on elders and patients with specific health conditions. The aim of the study was to test whether Tai […]

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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Neck Pain and Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

February 25, 2015

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Neck Pain and Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS One. 2015;10(2):e0117146 Authors: Yuan QL, Guo TM, Liu L, Sun F, Zhang YG Abstract BACKGROUND: Neck pain (NP) and low back pain (LBP) are common symptoms bothering people in daily life. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used to […]

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Risk of stroke among patients with post-traumatic stress disorder: nationwide longitudinal study.

February 25, 2015

Risk of stroke among patients with post-traumatic stress disorder: nationwide longitudinal study. Br J Psychiatry. 2015 Feb 19; Authors: Chen MH, Pan TL, Li CT, Lin WC, Chen YS, Lee YC, Tsai SJ, Hsu JW, Huang KL, Tsai CF, Chang WH, Chen TJ, Su TP, Bai YM Abstract Background Previous evidence has shown positive associations […]

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Effect of Home Exercise Program in Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

February 20, 2015

Effect of Home Exercise Program in Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2015 Feb 18; Authors: Anwer S, Alghadir A, Brismée JM Abstract BACKGROUND:: The Osteoarthritis Research Society International recommended that nonpharmacological methods include patient education programs, weight reduction, coping strategies, and exercise programs for the management of […]

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